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Ireland’s Rob Heffernan claims gold at World Track and Field Championships

The result follows the Irish race walker’s fourth place finish at the London Olympics.

Rob Heffernan wins gold for Ireland in Moscow.
Rob Heffernan wins gold for Ireland in Moscow.
Image: ©INPHO/Ian MacNicol

Updated 11.05

IRELAND’S ROB HEFFERNAN has claimed a gold medal in the 50k walk at the World Track and Field Championships in Moscow this morning.

Heffernan finished in first place, over a minute ahead of his nearest challenger, Russia’s Mikhail Ryzhov.

In addition, his time of 3:37:56 was the fastest of the year.

The result follows his fourth place finish at the London Olympics, in which he came agonisingly close to securing a bronze medal.

He becomes the first Irish athlete to win gold at the World Championships since Sonia O’Sullivan in 1995, and only the second ever male athlete to triumph at the event, after Eamonn Coghlan in 1983.

And there was success for Ireland’s other representative as Donegal’s Brendan Boyce, who is trained by Heffernan, finished 25th in a personal best time of 3:54:24.

First published at 9.12

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